The Ontario County Humane Society — Happy Tails Animal Shelter will host a virtual dog walk, Happy Tails on the Trails, for pet owners and their dogs on Aug. 1.
This date marks the one-year anniversary of Naples 85, a crisis that forced Happy Tails to take in 85 dogs after they were seized from a local couple.
Registration costs $50, with all proceeds benefiting OCHS and the shelter. The first 100 people to register will receive a T-shirt; the first 250 dogs registered will receive a bandana to wear on the walk. All dogs will get a locally made dog biscuit in celebration of a completed walk.
“We are walking for the Naples 85 dogs, who all found their forever homes and got a second chance, and we’re also walking to keep our Happy Tails community together and the dogs’ tails wagging,” said Dianne Faas, shelter manager. “Because all dogs — and humans — have different physical levels, to participate in this virtual dog walk, you can walk for 10 minutes, 30 minutes, or even an hour or more. You and your dog will pick the distance and pace. Walk in your neighborhood, along the canal or at your favorite park. The only rules are that you must respect social distancing, proudly wear your T-shirt and make sure your furry friend is wearing his/her bandana.”
Participants can post a photo to the OCHS Facebook page after their walks. All Naples 85 dogs and adopters are encouraged to participate in Happy Tails on the Trails, along with any and all dog owners looking to support a local organization.
Registration ends on July 20. Visit ontariocountyhumanesociety.org for information.